It comes as no surprise that this Coronavirus pandemic is making the future of the TimTam community’s beloved gyms & fitness centers incredibly uncertain. What seemed to be one of the more steadfast & stable industries in the country is suddenly facing a completely different outlook than they were in even late 2019. This coronavirus pandemic has completely derailed what was otherwise considered a steady and highly competitive industry. From nationwide branding to local discounts and deals, fitness centers have always been working every marketing angle possible to secure the most members. These past few months have completely disrupted this industry to the point that many members have given up their memberships in order to pay other more pressing bills. Gyms will certainly have an uphill climb going forward, but they also will have dedicated and passionate members ready for those doors to reopen.
One thing is certain though, the way gyms and trainers operate is going to have to change drastically in order to reopen. Intense cleaning procedures are going to become a requirement, and figuring out a detection method to identify individuals that could be sick is going to be essential. This isn't only for the safety of everyone at the facility, but the company's image as a whole. One of the larger issues with reopening the economy is not a matter of getting businesses to want to reopen. Rather it is a matter of businesses not wanting to have the negative press associated with being a location that contributed to another COVID-19 flare up.
Just know that, throughout all of this, we here at TimTam are here to support both our country’s fitness centers as well as the people that work out there. Our TimTam Pro Massager comes with a similar skin temperature sensor to allow you to check your skin temperature whenever you’d like. All you need to do is locate the thermometer sensor icon on the under side of the grip, press the trigger to turn it on, press it against your skin for 3 seconds, and release the trigger. It will measure and report on the LED screen the temperatures of the area measured. Optimal muscle temperature is above 90 degrees F and when the warmup tip you're using during therapy no longer feels warm, you are approaching optimal muscle temperature for safe workout or recovery!
Through all of this uncertainty there is one thing we are absolutely certain about, and that is that we’re going to pull through this coronavirus pandemic and emerge stronger than ever!
How Tech Companies Like X.Labs Are Looking To Help
In order for our country (and world for that matter) to get back to normal life, technology & artificial intelligence is inevitably going to have to play a larger role to keep people safe from infection. One of the primary signs of the coronavirus is an elevated body temperature (or fever) which is also the most cost effective & least invasive method of detection for the disease. As we have seen at many workspaces and businesses, there has been safety personnel or a greeter at the front desk that takes everyone's temperature with a simple point and read thermometer. These have worked fine for small controlled numbers of people, but what if you need something less disruptive that can rapidly take the temperatures of large crowds of people in real time?
That's where a technology like Feevr from X.Labs comes into play. Using patented cutting edge technology, Feevr utilizes state of the art AI technology to detect elevated body temperatures. It does this through the use of a thermal imaging camera that specifically targets the forehead of individuals to check for elevated skin temperature. Once the thermal imaging device delivered tects an individual with a fever, it the triggers an alert in the mobile app system so that person can be further evaluated for both their own safety & that of others. Not only does it trigger the alert, but Feevr specifically tells the user what that person's elevated temperature is. The threshold on Feevr has been set to 98°F, so anyone exceeding that skin temperature will set off the alert function. This allows a business to discreetly monitor the temperatures of its patrons safely without causing any unnecessary interaction.
Why the Forehead?
As mentioned, Feevr specifically targets a person's forehead with its thermal detection software. The forehead has the temporal artery running right through it which is closely tied to a person's internal body temperature. This is the most accurate while also the least invasive way to get a thermal reading of someones temperature. Feevr is space age tech compared to your classic thermometer that you pop into your mouth or hold under your arm. Not only does it rapidly detect a person's forehead, but it quickly gathers the thermal temperature data and relays that back to the system. If its above the threshold, then the discreet warning will trigger.
Gyms Are Uniquely Vulnerable To Contamination & Bad Media Coverage
Coronavirus conditions & government restrictions have forced fitness centers across the country to close out of concern for public safety. While much of the population doesn't agree with those tactics, it doesn't change the fact that our fitness centers are going to be the center of attention when businesses start to reopen again. Media outlets that have focused on the pandemic are going to be watching the policies & procedures like a hawk for potential public safety issues. Although some may view fitness centers as a luxury, others understand how much benefit they provide both mentally and physically to their members. Fitness centers not only provide a sense of community among its members, but also a place to clear your mind, focus on goals, and also provide programs for kids.
So fitness centers are put in a precarious situation where they have to ensure that they are following every possible precaution when it comes to public safety & thermal detection of potentially infected individuals. By utilizing a thermal imaging camera like the one offered by Feevr, fitness centers are able to scan body temperatures in the least invasive ways possible. By setting up the Feevr system at or near the entrance, a gym has the ability for rapid thermal detection of elevated temperatures of member entering their facilities. This first line of defense and security will make the other precautions they are taken that much more effective. By isolating any incoming members whose temperature triggered the thermal detection system, gyms can quickly move to make their facilities safer for all users.
Other precautions gyms have been taking are wiping down their machines and facilities at a much more frequent pace. They are also spacing machines and cardio equipment out at least 6 feet apart. All of these methods to reduce the spread of coronavirus will be effective, but when paired with Feevr's thermal detection system, gyms will have peace of mind that their facility has a high chance at remaining a safe place for its members. Parents can feel confident that their children won't be at risk of catching anything in the kids area and elderly members will have the security of knowing no one has entered the facility with elevated temperatures. Feevr is the first line of defense in taking the steps toward reopening our fitness centers quickly yet safely.
A Bit About The Feevr Parent Company - X.Labs
X.Labs burst onto the scene with its patented AI technology that offers safety and security for the user. By combining their proprietary software algorithms, hardware interface, artificial intelligence and best-in-class sensor technology, they are able to identify, manage and mitigate immediate threats, unlike anyone else. These threats go beyond the thermal detection seen with the Feevr product. They also have gunshot detection technology through a platform called SWORD. This gunshot detection system scans and evaluates an area to identify any potential threats by isolating concealed weapons. For large gathering spaces such as sporting events or concerts, X.Labs gunshot detection tech provides a quick and efficient way to ensure every patron's safety and security during an event.
In these times of concealed carry and general uneasiness attending large events, the gunshot detection, or shooter detection, technology offered from X.Labs via SWORD provide the needed answer for event security. Its this type of innovated detection technology that has afforded X.Labs the opportunity to have a positive and urgently needed impact on countless businesses and events.